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Late D'Arcy penalty save denies Cork as Wexford open account

Ursula Jacob led from the front to give champions Wexford their first victory in round two of the All-Ireland senior championship.

The Slaneysiders' captain shot eight points, half of which came from play, to help her side put last week's loss to Galway behind them and claim at 0-14 to 1-8 win over Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Mags D'Arcy played a significant part too, making a stunning save from Gemma O'Connor's last-minute penalty to deny the hosts a share of the spoils.

Denise Cronin's goal kept Cork in touch, trailing by just a point at half-time but, given that they had played with the wind, it wasn't looking good for them.

They dug deep in the second half, though, and it was nip and tuck after the resumption, with the sides level on five occasions.

Wexford made the significant move late on when Jacob registered two points and Katrina Parrock slotted her second. Suddenly the gap was three.

O'Connor had a chance to grab a draw for the Leesiders but her powerful shot was deflected onto the underside of the crossbar and out by D'Arcy.

Meanwhile, Veronica Curtin repeated her heroics of last week from the bench, scoring 1-3 after being sprung in the 48th minute to rescue Galway and earn them a 1-10 to 1-7 victory over Clare.

Fiona Lafferty had been inspirational for the Banner women as they led by three points at the break. She pointed a sideline cut from a tight angle after the resumption and a goal from a Chloe Morey penalty meant they were still in front entering the final quarter.

But Galway boss Noel Finn called on 1996 All-Ireland winner Curtin and once again she responded, ending a fine move with a blistering shot to the net. She followed up with three points, including two frees, to give the westerners their second win of the campaign.

Kilkenny had it much easier against Dublin, laying the foundation of their 2-12 to 1-2 success with a strong first-half effort.

All the goals came in the first half with Aoife Neary and Aine Fahey scoring for Kilkenny, while Ciara Burgess' long delivery flew all the way to the net to raise Dublin's green flag.

Neary, Fahey and Michelle Quilty added points as the Ann Downey's crew maintained their 100pc record.

Jill Horan was outstanding for Tipperary as they held off Offaly to win by 3-14 to 1-14. Horan, Sarah Fryday and Noreen Flanagan hit goals for the winners, while Linda Sullivan netted for Offaly.

Free-taker Elaine Dermody scored nine points for Offaly, but with Claire Grogan slotting six and Horan adding three points to her major, Tipp's experience saw them through.

Irish Independent